Senior Public Information Officer

Riverside, CA
Mar 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Salary: $58,500 - $87,000
Title: Senior Public Information Officer
Category: Management and Professional
Department: Strategic Communications
Date Posted: 03/13/2017

Position Information: The incumbent is responsible for creating messages, developing copy and providing communications counsel to UCR's faculty and administration for the purpose of enhancing UCR's reputation through marketing and media relations. Works as part of a team of communications professionals, including design, video and Web-based functions to develop and maintain an effective integrated marketing program for internal and external campus audiences. This position serves as the general media relations contact for assigned areas and academic disciplines to promote key initiatives, respond to requests for information, gather and analyze information and pitch influential reporters. Please note: Applicants for this position will need to submit samples of their work/portfolios for review by the selection committee. Cover Letter Required.

Minimum Requirements: Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including a strong sense of a good story and understanding of the topics that may be of interest to various publics and will incorporate key location messages.
Thorough skills in understanding and effectively utilizing all news/media mediums including broadcast news, the internet, social media and other emerging technologies.
Skill to maintain confidentiality.
Thorough knowledge of the location, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure.
Thorough knowledge of the concepts and principles of news, media communications and media relations.
May require knowledge of specialty areas such as broadcast news including TV/radio, internet and other emerging technologies.
Good judgment, political acumen, and thorough organizational skills.
Skill in organizing tasks, documents and materials with efficiency and accuracy. Ability to meet multiple deadlines and manage priorities effectively.
Demonstrated skill in independently composing written communication materials, for a variety of audiences, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and proofreading skills. Demonstrated skill in writing concise, logical, grammatically correct, analytical or narrative communication/messages.
Demonstrated experience in writing news and feature articles.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated skill in making oral and written presentations through various media formats to a wide variety of audiences to provide information, instructions, or explain subjects of interest.

Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative, friendly and professional working relationships.

Skill and experience in identifying and relating to contemporary issues in light of accomplishments by university faculty and research entities. Preferred

Demonstrated extensive and progressively responsible experience in writing/marketing, journalism or related experience.

Demonstrated knowledge of academic and research enterprises, including health issues.

Working knowledge of media database platforms such as Cision, Meltwater, etc.

Proficiency in applying Associated Press Style standards.

Additional Information: In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #12 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 55th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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